A minimum of three folks had been injured, two of them severely, after an explosion and fireplace on Saturday morning at a Harrisonburg, Va., strip mall, the authorities mentioned.
The reason for the explosion was unknown, Michael Parks, a spokesman for town, which is about 130 miles northwest of Richmond, mentioned at a information convention. He mentioned the two-story strip mall was a “full loss.”
Firefighters had been nonetheless on the purchasing middle, which consisted of about 4 companies, together with a music retailer and a recording studio, trying to find anybody who could be unaccounted for, Mr. Parks mentioned.
Some close by buildings had been broken however not severely within the explosion, which was reported round eight:30 a.Some companies within the mall confirmed their staff had been protected.
“We’ve got obtained data from our landlord that the shop has been destroyed by an explosion,” a consultant for one of many shops, Hometown Music, wrote on Fb. “We weren’t open and the staff are OK. Thanks for you concern and prayers. … That’s all I do know for now.”
One other retailer, Blue Sprocket Sound, wrote on Fb: “We don’t have all the main points but about what occurred at our constructing. However right now our crew is protected, and that’s crucial factor. Our hearts exit to the opposite companies within the space, and wish to thank all the primary responders who’re working onerous on the scene.”
Christopher B. Jones, a Metropolis Council member, requested residents to wish for the enterprise house owners affected, those that had been injured and for emergency responders. “We’re praying for them and hoping that everybody comes out of this protected and alive,” he mentioned.